After a day of lashing out at critics on Twitter, Trump is oddly quiet after AG Barr issued a rare public rebuke

AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump with Attorney General William Barr at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the US Capitol on May 15.
  • Attorney General William Barr issued a rare public rebuke of President Donald Trump over Trump’s remarks disparaging the Justice Department’s handling of the Roger Stone case.
  • “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News, saying it made it “impossible for me to do my job.”
  • Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet about Barr’s criticism despite spending the morning attacking his former White House chief of staff John Kelly and the 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.
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Attorney General William Barr blasted President Donald Trump over his recent tweets regarding Roger Stone’s case, saying he would not allow himself “to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”

“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News, adding that the tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

It was a rare rebuke from the Trump ally – one that typically could prompt a barrage of tweet attacks from the president.

But Trump’s camp is suggesting he “wasn’t bothered by the comments at all.”

“He has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions,” the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news.

“The president has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”

Trump’s coolheadedness comes after he lobbed a tweetstorm of insults at his former White House chief of staff John Kelly and the 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.

Trump allies rarely speak out against the president. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was among the more recent to do so when he slammed Trump’s abrupt decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria.

The president responded to Graham’s criticism, saying the senator should focus more on chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee than on the Middle East.

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted complaints about the sentencing recommendation offered by federal prosecutors in Stone’s case. Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, was found guilty on seven counts, including obstruction of justice, false statements, and witness tampering related to the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Federal prosecutors recommended seven to nine years in prison.

After Trump’s tweet, however, high-level Department of Justice officials publicly overruled the sentencing recommendation and told reporters they would seek a lesser sentence. In response, all four of the prosecutors on Stone’s case resigned from the case.

Before Barr’s rebuke of Trump on ABC News, the president had praised the attorney general as “taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”

“Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s tweets, alongside Barr’s decision to intervene in the case, led former DOJ officials to worry about the president’s influence over the law-enforcement agency.

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